Amazonas (Brazil): Argentina won the South American World Cup qualifying round. Superstar Neymar returned to winning ways in a brilliant match. Argentina beat Peru on penalties by a single goal. Brazil also beat the mighty Uruguay by four goals to one. In other matches, Bolivia beat Paraguay (4–0) and Chile beat Venezuela (3–0). Colombia – Ecuador match ended in a goalless draw.
Lautaro Martinez’s first-half goal against Peru in Argentina’s home game gave Argentina the lead. In the 43rd minute, Martinez found the target from Molina’s pass. However, in the 65th minute, Victor Yotton missed a penalty from Peru to help Argentina.
With the win over Uruguay, Brazil retained the top spot with 31 points from 11 games.
Argentina are second with 25 points from as many matches. Uruguay are fifth with just 16 points from 12 games. Defeat to Argentina puts them in ninth place with 11 points from 12 games.
Rafinha’s double gave Brazil the victory in a thrilling match at the Brazilian plate. Rafinha’s goals came in the 18th and 58th minutes. Neymar (10) and Gabriel Barbosa (83) also found the target for Brazil. Neymar scored Brazil’s first goal and added two assists. Uruguay’s consolation goal was scored by Louis Suarez (77).
Second-place Argentina beat Peru 1-0 a few hours earlier and is also close to clinching a direct qualifying berth. Lionel Messi did not have one of his better days, but the hosts managed to have the best opportunities in the match.
BRAZIL 3, URUGUAY 1
Playing for the first time with fans on the stands since the pandemic hit, Brazil was intense from the first minute, much different from the two latest displays against Venezuela and Colombia.Neymar opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Fred found him in the middle of the Uruguayan defense. The star dribbled past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and shot with almost no angle to the back of the net. It was Neymar’s 70th goal for Brazil, seven short of Pel’s record for the team.Leeds player Raphinha, who started for the first time for Brazil, added a second in the 18th minute from close range. And he added the third in the 58th minute with a powerful crossed shot from the left.Veteran Luis Suarez scored Uruguay’s consolation goal in the 77th minute with a free kick. But Uruguay’s hopes were finally dashed in the 83rd minute after substitute Gabriel Barbosa headed past Muslera after a cross by Neymar, in goal that was allowed after video review.
ARGENTINA 1, PERU 0
Argentina wasted two opportunities to score in the first two minutes of the match. And it appeared it would hammer Peru when Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a headed goal in the 43rd minute after a cross from the right by Nahuel Molina.But the second half showed a more intense Peru team, which had a golden chance to equalize from the spot in the 65th minute after a foul by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. But veteran Yoshimar Yotun hit the bar.Martnez said Argentina had more difficulties against Peru in comparison with the 3-0 win over Uruguay on Sunday.Our game was more fluid against Uruguay, there were more gaps,” Martinez said.We had a few difficulties, but we managed to always find a solution. Today we did find it.Also on Thursday, Chile rose to sixth position with 13 points after a 3-0 home win against bottom-of-the-table Venezuela. Erick Pulgar scored twice and Ben Brereton scored the third for the hosts.Bolivia beat Paraguay 4-0 in La Paz, causing their rivals to fire coach Eduardo Berizzo after the match. Rodrigo Ramallo, Moises Angulo, Victor Abrego and Roberto Fernandez scored the goals. Bolivia rose to seventh place with 12 points, moving ahead of eighth-place Paraguay.